We love to teach!

Evaleen Whelton

Founder of Konfident Kids


Hi I’m Evaleen. As well as running Konfident Kidz I also love to teach! I’ve studied speech & drama from a young age and hold 2 teaching diplomas from London College of Music. I like to keep busy so as well as this I am also a graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and have a BComm (Hons) from UCC.

I absolutely adore working with kids and young adults. It’s their honesty, enthusiasm and imaginations which make my job so worthwhile. It is my firm belief that every child should be encouraged and praised constantly to develop into happy, healthy & successful adults. I set up Konfident Kidz to give children an opportunity to show off their talents and to give us another reason to encourage & praise them.

Since I started teaching over 14 years ago I love to encourage individuality in my pupils. I encourage them to voice opinions, come up with ideas and always explain how wonderful it is to see their imaginations working. With imagination there is no right or wrong answers.

I’m very lucky to have such a rewarding job and appreciate our pupils for making this so.

It is my firm belief that every child should be encouraged and praised constantly to develop into happy, healthy & successful adults

Ciara Hayes

Get Konnected Facilitator


Hi, my name is Ciara and I have been working at Konfident Kidz since 2015. Having done speech and drama lessons myself from an early age, I fully believe in the confidence-building power of drama. This belief encouraged me to bring my love of drama to the next level, and I completed a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies with German in UCC. Along with this degree, I also hold a Speech and Drama Teaching Diploma from the London College of Music.

I was the first teacher to deliver our Konnect Program to autistic children 4 years ago. I'm delighted to be training parents and professionals up and down the country in our Get Konnected Autism Course now

I'm delighted to be training parents and professionals up and down the country in our Get Konnected Autism Course now

Shauna Walsh

Teacher


Hi, I'm Shauna! Speech and Drama has been a passion of mine since a young age. I loved my 10 years with Evaleen at Konfident Kidz and I'm delighted to have completed my Diploma in Teaching Speech and Drama and share this passion for drama with younger generations through teaching.

I've always loved working with kids and watching them grow and learn through drama. It delights me to see kids expressing and enjoying themselves through performance while also learning valuable life lessons. I've always adored performing, be it taking part in school plays, Feis Maitiú even performing on the Opera House stage. Teaching gives me the opportunity to combine performance with working with kids and I love that!

As a home grown Konfident Kid, I've seen and experienced the benefits of Speech and Drama on a child's development. The life skills I learned are irreplaceable. I developed a confidence that I carry with me today and I put this experience into practice in my teaching as I believe in helping every child to reach their full potential both on and off the stage.

As author and child therapist Haim Ginott once said,"Children are like wet cement, whatever falls on them makes an impression." It is a teacher's responsibility to make the right impression on a child and it is my aspiration to make a positive, long-lasting impression on my students and help them to grow and develop into Konfident Kidz!"

It delights me to see kids expressing and enjoying themselves through performance while also learning valuable life lessons.

Maria Creagh

Teacher


Hi I'm Maria! I've been working with Konfident Kidz since 2017. I love working with kids and coming up with new ideas each week. I specialise in our autism classes in the Rainbow Club and in Ballincollig on Saturdays.

I studied drama from a young age and I'm currently studying graphic design in college. I love finding new ways to encourage kids to express themselves

I specialise in our autism classes in the Rainbow Club and in Ballincollig on Saturdays

Aoife Clarke

Teacher


Theatre and drama are so important in my life. I delight in the fact that I can pass this on to a younger generation. I live, breathe and eat theatre, although I do occasionally take a break from it by reading a book, throwing dinner parties or taking out the knitting needles, all while listening to my extensive CD and vinyl collection.

I will always be grateful to my own mom, Máire, for sending me to my first Speech and Drama class. From those fun after school classes, I went on to study Drama and Theatre Studies and English in UCC, achieving a BA(hons), and completed two years in Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa where I gained valuable knowledge in theatre production, performance and workshop facilitation.

Exploration, discovery, and creativity are experiences I hope to provide in class. I feel that Konfident Kidz provides an environment where young people can express and have the freedom to discover new things about themselves, and a confident child is inspiring to anyone. I love hearing what the students have to say in class, listening to their ideas. Theatre allows children (and adults) to see their individual magic. It’s such a pleasure to see the students light up in class, seeing them smile and hear the laughter. The journey from the beginning of class to the end — and the children’s ability to learn so much so quickly — is always amazing.

Exploration, discovery, and creativity are experiences I hope to provide in class.